My Dying Bride's newest opus and 12th full studio album is coming and will be called Feel The Misery, set for release on September 18th via Peaceville Records. With crushing epic doom spanning eight tracks, and featuring the return of original guitarist Calvin Robertshaw to the fold, this album is being described as "undoubtedly amongst the band's heaviest, darkest, and most majestic works to date, marking My Dying Bride's 25th anniversary in punishing style." You can feast your eyes on the album's striking cover art and tracklist below.
Finnish power metal heavyweights Stratovarius have set the release dates for their brand new studio album Eternal for September 11th, 2015 (Europe) and September 18th, 2015 (USA) on EarMUSIC (not August as previously announced by the band). The album will be released in 3 formats: standard CD jewelcase, limited deluxe edition (CD + DVD mediabook including live video tracks recorded at Loudpark Festival 2015 in Japan) and double vinyl gatefold. Take a look at the album cover and tracklist below.
Viking black metal-tinged act King Of Asgard has announced their new line-up! The line-up of the Swedes is complete again with the addition of new guitarist Ted Sjulmark. Earlier this year, the group parted ways with both drummer Karsten Larsson and guitarist Lars Tängmark. New drummer Mathias Westman was announced then, now Ted Sjulmark joins and so the line-up is stable once again. And they are already working on new material!
After a long wait, black metallers Hammer Horde have recently revealed the newest addition to the family. Their new vocalist is Brock Bickelhaupt! He will replace Tom Sturniolo. You can expect to hear their new album that follows 2012's Vinlander in the near future. The record should be called Fed To The Wolves.
Ancient Rites, the quartet hailing from Belgium and The Netherlands formed back in the 80s, has joined the Massacre Records family. During the band's history, Ancient Rites overcame several blows of fate, including band members passing away or bad experiences with promoters and labels. But all this didn't stop the band from continuing their journey. The group is returning and their upcoming sixth studio album Laguz marks a new chapter in the band's history and is the first since 2006.
The Finnish symphonic/fantasy metal band Kivimetsän Druidi have signed a deal on domestic bookings with the Finnish booking agency Northern Solitude Entertainment. The female-fronted sextet shall play a few selected shows during spring of 2015. Kivimetsän Druidi are known for their full-length albums Shadowheart (Century Media, 2008) and Betrayal, Justice, Revenge (Century Media, 2010). After 4 years of anticipation, the band is finally breaking the silence with a new EP release.
Arch Enemy will bring their world tour for War Eternal to Latin America in January/February 2015. The melodic death metallers recently announced a string of tour dates for Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Ecuador. Arch Enemy will arrive to South America after blasting stages in North America and Europe. Get ready!
Swedish power metallers HammerFall, who released the new album (r)Evolution this year, are facing line-up changes. The band made a major announcement today. Drummer Anders Johansson is leaving the band after 15 years. The band cites musical differences. David Wallin of Pain fame will replace him. Stefan Elmgren is also returning to the band temporarily to replace bassist Fredrik Larsson while he is away on parental leave.
It's a sad day for Gwydion fans. The Portuguese folk metallers have decided to "take an indefinite leave of absence." Their last album Veteran, which was nominated for Best Folk / Pagan / Viking Metal Album on Metal Storm Awards 2013, could well be their swansong. The band started back in 1995 and released three albums in total. They could disband in the future but for now, it's just a break.
Russian symphonic metallers Blackthorn are recording a new album to follow Codex Archaos. Recently, the band shared an HD studio report featuring the guitar and bass recordings. This means you can have a taste of the new material. Watch it here.
Megadeth have revealed their new album Th1rt3en tracklist and artwork, which was once again created by artist John Lorenzi, who worked on the last two Megadeth studio albums, 2007's United Abominations and 2009's Endgame, as well as the band's 2007 box set, Warchest. You can pre-order the album now at this location, and get a limited-edition version that comes on double picture disc vinyl. The new single, "Public Enemy No. 1" is now available for streaming over here.
According to a posting on the Facebook page of Tim Butcher - Lemmy's longtime bass technician - former Motörhead guitarist Michael "Würzel" Burston died yesterday (Saturday, July 9). The cause of death was not revealed. Würzel was 61 years old.
Before joining Motörhead in 1984, Burston had been a corporal in the Army, serving in Germany and Ireland with the 1st Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment, and had played in the bands Bastard and Warfare. Joining another relatively unknown guitarist, Phil Campbell, they played together at a Motörhead audition, and both were taken on.
Burston acquired the nickname Würzel while in the Army, being compared to the character Worzel Gummidge due to his scarecrow-style hair and bumpkin-like manner. Lemmy reportedly demanded that Würzel add an umlaut to the "U" in his name, for "heavy metal effect."
Therion mainman Christofer Johnsson has announced the addition of vocalist Linnéa Vikström - the hot blond daughter of vocalist Thomas Vikström. She'll be replacing tour vocalist Katarina Lilja, who left the band back in March in order "to sit at home with the boyfriend and just have a regular job."
Johnsson wrote the following: "We are hereby proud to announce the person who will be filling the infernal shoes of Kat (the Evil One) for the upcoming Therion tour activities. It will be no less than Linnéa Vikström, the daughter of Thomas. She sang on Sitra Ahra and enchanted many listeners with her charming and diverse presence. From being the cute little spawn of Thomas, she has now been growing to a woman and she is ready to help us carry the flag of Therion around the world.
Megadeth is confirmed to headline the Maquinaria Festival, taking place at Club Hipico in Santiago, Chile on Saturday, November 12th. The rest of the line-up for the festival is yet to be announced.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 15th. The Maquinaria Festival is said to be an event which gathers different musical styles and brings the grandeur of European festivals of music, mixing different forms of art and consciousness.